Indiana investigating rash of HIV cases
The new cases were identified through community outreach testing in response to an HIV outbreak thought to have been caused by injection drug abuse. The area now has recorded 181 HIV cases - 177 confirmed and four preliminary positive.
“Every case of HIV that’s diagnosed in the state is troubling, but this disease isn’t the death sentence it once was," Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams said.
“We are encouraged to know that the tools put in place to address the HIV epidemic are working to identify illnesses so we can connect people with treatment and other services that help them live healthier lives.”
Indiana health officials have been working to quell the spread of HIV in southeastern Indiana with assistance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, local health departments and health care providers.
State health officials recommend that all Hoosiers know their HIV status by getting tested, then retested every two to three months if they are engaging in high-risk behaviors.
“Ideally, everyone would know their HIV status and take steps to prevent transmission of the virus,” Adams said.